Nothing evokes a summer feel quite like starfish and seashells. HGTV fan single_mom_on_a_budget dressed up her shabby chic dining room with her favorite beach elements in mind. She incorporated seashells into her year-round china display and then turned the dining table into a dreamy setup for four. Celebrate summer by creating a seasonal table setup of seashells, starfish, candles and small driftwood pieces. Invite people over for seafood favorites, like grilled fish, pan-roasted scallops and coconut shrimp, to go with the warm-weather theme.
Four dining room chairs in a houndstooth pattern upholstery are the visual standout in this transitional dining room. The decor and palette draw subtly on a '70s theme, with the gold and earth tones in the chairs' fabric set against a warm beige wall color, a metal frame table and votive candle centerpiece in amber gold, and wall art framed with a rich red border.
Taking cues from winter’s bare trees, this flowerless centerpiece is wintry but neither dull nor lifeless. Tree branches create height and visual interest, while flickering tea light candles contribute soft movement. Pinecones add a charming, woodsy accent. Recreate this look with forest finds, or buy natural items in bulk at your local craft store. Hang votives from the branches using twine or wire.
A curved, upholstered gray bench, a toile ottoman and luxurious gray curtains are paired with decorative bamboo sticks, a stone and candle centerpiece and low rectangular bench seating to create a harmonious blend of varying styles. A trio of metallic mirrors and metallic pedestal table bring a touch of glamor to the space. Potted hydrangeas bring a traditional flair to the space and complement the green banquette pillows.
Put a whimsical spin on everyday lanterns with colored lights in place of candles. Used singularly, the lanterns can work as centerpieces by filling them with battery-operated string lights. Outdoor luminaries for steps or walkways can be made with groupings of lanterns placed along the perimeter of an area, with strands of lights running from one lantern to another.
Combine rustic and elegant decor for an original and stylish holiday look. DIY blogger Ginnie Leeming of Hello Little Home styled this holiday table. Keeping the centerpiece simple with flameless candles and a handful of glittered pinecones, Leeming really let her chalkboard, which she decorated with gold and white chalk marker and topped with a gold berry wreath from The Home Depot, do the celebrating with holiday shine and sparkle.
Longing for that summertime feel during the winter months? Bring the beach right to your table. This sea-inspired centerpiece is easy to make and can be used all year round. "A rustic wooden tray provides the base for the rectangular glass vase filled with sand, candles and a variety of seashells," Katrina Giles of Seaside Interiors says. Add vibrant shells and starfish for an extra boost of summer hues.
Designer Alice Cramer includes a soft and cuddly fur throw at the foot of the bed in this muted, grey-toned bedroom. As Cramer attests, the holidays don't have to be complicated. Use things you already have and just add the bling with seasonal touches. "Nothing prettier to a tabletop," says Cramer, "than simple glass containers of different sizes filled with cranberries, red berries, greenery and floating votive candles. Mix it in with silver service pieces filled with white flowers and various candlesticks." It's a look that works for a beautiful tabletop, or in accent tables in a guest room.
To keep a wedding design cohesive, Kim Lettier, of Lettier Event Planning Studio, carries some elements of the focal point (here, it's a floral centerpiece) into other areas. "Accent pieces such as candles should complement the focal point but not compete with it," she adds. “The design of the vessel itself should also fit in with the overall look. In this case I wrapped moss around the vessels because its traditional look interfered with the organic and vintage feel of the design.” Florist: The Green Flamingo.